Isaiah 55:2

Hebrew Bible

1 “Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food. 3 Pay attention and come to me. Listen, so you can live. Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. 4 Look, I made him a witness to nations, a ruler and commander of nations.” 5 Look, you will summon nations you did not previously know; nations that did not previously know you will run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he bestows honor on you.

John 6:27

New Testament

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 27 Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life—the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” 29 Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires—to believe in the one whom he sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do?

 Notes and References

"... Craig A. Evans and James A. Sanders see an allusive interplay of Isaiah 55:2–3 in John 6:27, which is often overlooked since most studies focus on Psalm 78 and Isaiah 54 in John 6:22–71. Janzen (J. Gerald Janzen, ‘“I am the Light of the World” [John 8:12]: Connotation and Context,’ Encounter 67, no. 2 [2006]) sees the background of Isaiah 8–9 as the context for Jesus’ statement in John 8:12, ‘I am the light of the world’ ..."

Day, Adam W. Jesus, the Isaianic Servant: Quotations and Allusions in the Gospel of John (p. 8) Gorgias Press, 2018

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